Running back Maurice Jones-Drew’s three-year contract with the Raiders could hold tremendous value to the team if he returns to the old form.
Jones-Drew is scheduled to make $7.5 million over the life of the contract, though little of that money is guaranteed. According to Pro Football Talk, Jones-Drew will make $1.2 million in base salary in 2014 and is due a fully guaranteed $1.2 million roster bonus. There’s $100,000 workout bonus attached as well.
Jones-Drew will make $2.4 million – which is not guaranteed -- in base salary for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. There is a $100,000 workout bonus available each year.
As with most contracts completed by the Raiders this offseason, they can walk away from the deal after 2014 without severe penalty.
Jones-Drew hopes to improve on a career-worst 3.4 yards per carry in 2013, the second season where he struggled with injury. He was the pillar of consistency before 2012, averaging well over 4 yards per rush with his physical running style.